Six word Saturday

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Niestety, mówię tylko troche po polsku

“Unfortunately, I speak only a little Polish” but the language of cake is universal.  Staying in the home of a baker could be ruination for the figure, so it’s probably as well I came home when I did.  Chmurka malinowa (raspberries and meringue) was my undoing.  Sadly, after 2 weeks in Poland I was just starting to get my head around the language and have the confidence to try to speak it.

The photos above are from my cousin Adam’s newest shop, and Dad is there with the family, waiting to sample ciastko- cake. Something which he is extremely good at.  Must be a family trait!  The last is taken through the shop window.  My lovely niece Ula has just finished work for the day.

One of my weeks was spent with family in Central Poland, where feeding one week old ducklings- kaczki– was part of the entertainment.  I was also lucky enough to meet up with Meg in the city of Łódź.  Such joy that gave me.  I’ll be taking her along on my Monday walk next week.  Come with us, but don’t expect to get a word in, will you?

Meanwhile, have a great weekend!  Pop in on Cate if you have six words you want to share.

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120 comments

  1. I share your love of raspberries and meringue (especially if some whipped cream is added in for good measure !) These cakes looks beautiful. A friend of mine lived above an ice cream shop and that was a mixed blessing ! Wishing you a great weekend full of lovely things.

  2. Raspberries and meringue – sounds divine Jo! Sounds like you did very well with the language if you were starting to pick it up after a couple of weeks! For some bizarre reason I kept trying to talk German in Italy. My brain knew I was abroad and picked out German, which I’ve done fair bit of, to use instead of English. Then when we went to Berlin I started using Italian words at first even though my German is far better (know very little Italian but can work some of it out from French). At least you managed to order cakes! 🙂

    1. It’s been a couple of weeks for 9 years, Rosemay, so I should be getting the hang of it by now. I have a language programme and I should be doing that now, instead of blogging 😦
      I know what you mean. Portuguese/Polish comes readily to mind but never in the right place or context. 🙂

      1. It happens to everyone apparently Jo (except genuinely bilingual people from childhood). Your brain knows you’re talking in a different language but often throws up the wrong word at the wrong time. I’ve been doing German once a week for nearly 5 years (at evening classes) but did French up to A level standard and also as a minor course at uni so initially I would start saying French words in the middle of my German class and have no idea why! My German teachers who have all lived over here for a while say they often forget basic German words when they go back home as they have to concentrate so hard to speak in a second language all the time over here! Still I find it great fun and it’s great to be able to communicate in another language however basic the level! 🙂

      2. AND I saw on a documentary the other day that learning another language helps fend off dementia. I’d better get off to Duolingo now! 🙂 🙂 Hugs!

      3. Yes that’s what I have heard too Jo and since my mum (bless here) has had dementia for quite a number of years (since her mid 70s she’s 90 now) I have a good incentive!

    2. I’ve been visiting for the past 9 years, Rosemay, so I should be getting the hang of it by now. I ought to be on my language programme instead of blogging! 😦
      Portuguese/Polish always comes readily to me, but never in the right place or context. 🙂

  3. Jo, your cousin has such a wonderful bakery! I’m heading to the airport and off to taste some of these delicious delights!! (Oh, I wish…) How does anyone ever decide what to order with such a fantastic variety to choose from?!

  4. What a wonderful way to spend your time in Poland! I would love to be in that bakery – everything looks so good, I’m salivating. It was than a month of living in Prague before I dared try any Czech, so you are brave. It was a year before I was even marginally fluent! Polish is much more difficult.

    1. Thanks a lot, Noelle. 🙂 Actually I’ve been visiting Poland yearly for the past 9 years, and if I’d applied myself I would be much better. I always let life get in the way once I’m home again. I have, of course, said that it won’t happen this year.

  5. Oh, Jo! I shouldn’t have looked at this post before having breakfast – now I’m starving. What an amazing shop your cousin Adam has (and I love those beautiful lights above the display cabinets) 😀

    1. Adam is very proud of his international bakery business, James, and the shop is his latest project. His business will provide a solid future for his family. The 2 youngest already work with him. 🙂 And they are seriously good cakes!

  6. wow! I’d like one of each please! I probably should have waited until after breakfast to view this post 🙂 And, good for you for learning Polish!

    1. I can’t pretend it’s easy, Tobyo, but I intend to try to keep it going this time. Usually I get home and that’s the end of it till the next trip. 🙂

      1. oh no, learning another language isn’t easy! I have some tips for you then since you intend to keep it going. One thing that I do is I have an app on my phone of the Spanish National Radio and I try to listen frequently to keep up my Spanish. I also try to read things in Spanish as often as I can but what I really should do is find a conversation group, probably easier for Spanish than in Polish but maybe there is something you could find online? anyhoo, some ideas for you if you haven’t thought of them yet 🙂

  7. Yum yum yum. I need to join you on that Monday walk in Poland to get rid of the extra pounds (figuratively and literally, since I – ahum – gained quite a few in the tasty land of chocolate and favorite diary products…)

    Liesbet @ Roaming About

      1. I love flat walks. My ex, who was also from the US, called me a “flat lander”. I try to do one a day with my mom while in Belgium. Much more enjoyable – laziness wise – than the hills in New England! I don’t sigh and I don’t procrastinate to get out and move this way, either. 🙂

    1. It’s brand new, Jill. 🙂 He has another, much smaller, but with equally good cakes, and a bakery too. They never want for fresh bread. 🙂
      You too, hon!

  8. Lovely photos of the cake shop all round. Looks like your cousin’s shop has a lot of cakes too, and I’m sure there is a cake for everyone who walks through the door 😀 I agree with you that cake is a universal world – it is such a treat and a good feeling when we all get to eat cake 🙂

  9. What a cake shop. Where did you put it all? You’re slender as. You managed Polish nicely in Łódź: it inspired me to be a bit more daring – or at least to think about it! You wee right to warn your Monday walkers that they mightn’t get a word in.

    1. I have a feeling Jude would manage to get her oar in, Meg, but the others would struggle. 🙂 🙂 I am going to try to keep my Polish going this time, but I have said that before. 😦
      Thanks for beating me to it, hon. I will respond this evening- promise!

  10. La tua famiglia , con quel meraviglioso bambino/a paffutello, il bel paese da visitare e….la pasticceria!
    Tante belle cose ,tutte insieme… un po’ ti invidio!
    (Sono in attesa del tuo Monday walk…….)
    Ciao

    1. The shop is brand new, Anna, and he’s very proud of it. He has another, much smaller, and a bakery too. It’s a great legacy for his family and two of his children already work in the business, as well as finishing their studies. See you Monday! 🙂

  11. welcome back Restless one – thanks for the new words – or I should say word…. ciastko- the breads look good too and I like the little tables and chairs….

    1. ‘chleb’ 🙂 Pretty darn good too. I probably ate even more bread than I did cakes. Had to come home to give my stomache a rest. 🙂 Happy weekend, darlin’!

      1. thanks – and we have had a lot of rain here lately – so hoping the weekend has a little bit of sunshine (fingers crossed) – and my next walk with Jo (which is later this month) will be a combined nature walk…

  12. Hello Jo! These cakes look delicious and I hope you tried them all. After all, you can burn extra calories during the Monday walks, right?
    I could have had the Black Forest cake all by myself….
    Have a lovely weekend. Xx

    1. Hi Lucile! 🙂 Lovely to see you here. I’d offer to share for the sake of my waistline. I have a lot of catch up to do and will drop by yours soon.
      You too! 🙂

      1. Hi Jo! Likewise. And the offer is accepted. I’ve been absent for two weeks and may or not post for the weekly photo challenge this weekend. So don’t bother about dropping by my blog.
        Good to connect with you here. Xx

  13. beh c’è di che fare colazioni a base di dolci per una vita! cara Giovanna ci fai fare peccati di gola questo sabato! Anche il delizioso bambino paffutello sembra una deliziosa meringa!
    Spero passeggiando a lungo avrai modo di ritornare in forma, per me, niente problemi è stat solo una scorpacciata virtuale ha ha
    un grosso bacio

    1. I did my share of walking, Annalisa! 🙂 Back in the groove this morning with a walk through the park to zumba and then I have much catching up to do. Hugs, sweetheart! 🙂

    1. Hiya Richard! How’s life? I’m so totally out of the loop I didn’t know it was Eurovision night. It will be my patriotic duty to offer loud support. Anything’s better than watching footie? 🙂 🙂 And Rafa made me sad again yesterday, but he’s getting nearer. Hooray for Leicester!

      1. The song’s ok but the lyrics are stupid (the norm for Eurovision!) Thought Rafa might have retired by now – reckon he’ll ever win a title again? Then again, if Leicester can…

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